Patient Safety-focused Medication Therapy Management: Challenges Affecting Future Implementation

Articles of Interest, July 27, 2012

A weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters, including articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers, mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products, or other research using AHRQ data or products.

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles 

American Journal of Managed Care
Dolor RJ, Masica AL, Touchette DR, Smith SR, et al. Patient safety-focused medication therapy management: challenges affecting future implementation. Am J Manag Care 2012 Jul 1; 18(7):e238-e244. [Fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; supported in part by contracts HHSA290-05-0032 to the Duke University Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Center, HHSA290-05-0036 to the RTI International DEcIDE Center, and HHSA290-05-0038 to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago-area DEcIDE Center; uses the medication therapy management (MTM) intervention and toolkit as described in AHRQ-sponsored publication, Improving Medication Safety in High Risk Medicare Beneficiaries Toolkit, 2012; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 4: Technology and Medication Safety, 2008.] Select to access the abstract. 

Annals of Family Medicine
Krist AH, Woolf SH, Rothemich SF, et al. Interactive preventive health record to enhance delivery of recommended care: a randomized trial. Ann Fam Med 2012 Jul-Aug; 10(4):312-19. [Supported by grant R18 HS17046-01; incorporates 18 2009 USPSTF-recommended preventive services into the design model of the interactive preventive health record used in the study, citing the USPSTF index page on the AHRQ Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored targeted, systematic review on the effectiveness of weight management interventions in children (Pediatrics, 2010), and article by Whitlock et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002) on evaluating primary care behavioral counseling interventions; mentions  AHRQ-sponsored publication, An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records To Promote Prevention, 2012, as published on the AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology Web site and produced by the authors of this study under grant R18 HS17046.] Select to access the abstract.

 

Yawn BP, Dietrich AJ, Wollan P, et al. TRIPPD: a practice-based network effectiveness study of postpartum depression screening and management. Ann Fam Med 2012 Jul-Aug; 10(4):320-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS40471; mentions the USPSTF finding of insufficient evidence to recommend for or against specific universal screening for postpartum depression, citing USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2007, as accessed from the USPSTF topic index page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM. Reducing hospital readmissions; aligning financial and quality incentives. Am J Med Qual 2012 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print. Author is the AHRQ director; discusses AHRQ's Project RED and Common Formats for Patient Safety Organizations, citing Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) Training Program on the AHRQ Web site and Patient Safety Organizations on AHRQ's Patient Safety Organizations Web site, respectively.] 

Archives of Internal Medicine
Mueller SK, Sponsler KC, Kripalani S, Schnipper JL. Hospital-based medication reconciliation practices: a systematic review. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1057-69. [Supported in part by grant 1 R18 HS19598-01 (to last author); cites "Appendix VII Criteria for Assessing Internal Validity of Individual Studies" from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Procedure Manual, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site; also go to comments by Kaboli and Fernandes (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract. 

Caverly TJ, Al-Khatib SM, Kutner JS, Masoudi FA, et al. Patient preference in the decision to place implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1104-5. [Supported in part by cooperative agreement grant U18 HS16964; fourth author acknowledges other previous AHRQ funding; also go to comments by Goldberger and Fagerlin (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] 

Jena AB, Meltzer DO, Press VG, et al. Why physicians work when sick. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1107-8. [Supported by AHRQ, grant information not given; cites AHRQ's 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2010; also go to comments by Grady (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.]

BMC Public Health
Sides E, Zimmer L, Wilson L, et al. Medication coaching program for patients with minor stroke or TIA: a pilot study. BMC Public Health 2012 Jul 25; 12(1):549. [Supported by grant U18 HS16964.] Select to access the abstract.

Intensive Care Medicine
Kohn R, Rubenfeld GD, Levy MM, Ubel PA, Halpern SD. Rule of rescue or the good of the many? An analysis of physicians' and nurses' preferences for allocating ICU beds. Intensive Care Med 2011 Jul; 37(7):1210-17. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18406 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Yehia BR, Fleishman JA, Metlay JP, et al. Sustained viral suppression in HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. JAMA 2012 Jul 25; 308(4):339-42. [Second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; supported by contract 290-01-0012.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Gellad WF, Good CB, Amuan ME, et al. Facility-level variation in potentially inappropriate prescribing for older veterans. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1222-9. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS17695, R01 HS18721, and K12 HS19461.] Select to access the abstract.

Gozalo PL, Pop-Vicas A, Feng Z, et al. Effect of influenza on functional decline. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1260-7. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18462.] Select to access the abstract. 

Holmes HM, Luo R, Hanlon JT, et al. Ethnic disparities in adherence to antihypertensive medications of Medicare Part D beneficiaries. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1298-1303. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS17695, K12 HS19461, and R01 HS18721; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract. 

Journal of Homosexuality
Clift JB, Kirby J. Health care access and perceptions of provider care among individuals in same-sex couples: findings from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). J Homosex 2012 Jul; 59(6):839-50. [First author was at AHRQ at the time of this study, and second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 1996-2007 MEPS Household Component (HC) data, citing AHRQ publication, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 1, 1997.] Select to access the abstract.

Respiratory Care
Nishisaki A, Donoghue AJ, Colborn S, et al. Development of an instrument for a primary airway provider's performance with an ICU multidisciplinary team in pediatric respiratory failure using simulation. Respir Care 2012 Jul; 57(7):1121-8. [Supported by grant HS16678-01.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Cloutier MM, Tennen H, Wakefield DB, et al. Improving clinician self-efficacy does not increase asthma guideline use by primary care clinicians. Acad Pediatr 2012 Jul; 12(4):312-18. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Tsai et al. (J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2009), Cloutier et al. (Pediatrics, 2006), Picken et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1998), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Auger KA, Landrigan CP, Gonzalez del Rey JA, et al. Better rested, but more stressed? Evidence of the effects of resident work hour restrictions. Acad Pediatr 2012 Jul; 12(4):335-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan et al. (Pediatrics, 2008, and JAMA, 2006) and Lockley et al. (Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Turley M, Garrido T, Lowenthal A, et al. Association between personal health record enrollment and patient loyalty. Am J Manag Care 2012 Jul 1;18(7):e248-53. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 4: Technology and Medication Safety, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Stange KC. In this issue: an abundance of interventions and observations to improve care. Ann Fam Med 2012 Jul-Aug; 10(4):298-9. [Comments on articles by Krist et al. and Yawn et al. (both in Ann Fam Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Crabtree et al. (Med Care, 2011), Bitton, Martin, and Landon (J Gen Intern Med, 2010), Lanham et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2009), and Stroebel et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2005).] 

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kaboli PJ, Fernandes O. Medication reconciliation: moving forward. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1069-70. [Comments on article by Mueller et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] 

Goldberger ZD, Fagerlin A. ICDs—Increasingly Complex Decisions. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1106-7. [Comments on article by Caverly et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] 

Grady D. I just feel terrible. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23; 172(14):1108-9. [Comments on article by Jena et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Lalmohamed A, Vestergaard P, Klop C, et al. Timing of acute myocardial infarction in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement: a nationwide cohort study. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print. Cites 2009 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data on total hip or total knee replacements.] Select to access the abstract.

Seymour CW, Kahn JM. Addressing the growth in intensive care. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Chen et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Australian Health Review
Haas M, Hall J, Viney R, et al. Breaking up is hard to do: why disinvestment in medical technology is harder than investment. Aust Health Rev 2012 May; 36(2):148-52. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) and Collins (Sci Transl Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Drugs and Aging
Parsons C, Johnston S, Mathie E, et al. Potentially inappropriate prescribing in older people with dementia in care homes: a retrospective analysis. Drugs Aging 2012 Feb 1; 29(2):143-55. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Sangl, Bierman, Miller, Friedman, Wickizer, and Meyer (authors are former and current AHRQ staff members) (JAMA, 2001), which uses 1996 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Hospital & Health Networks
Bush H. Patient Safety Congress. How important is patient satisfaction? Contrarian study criticized; patient checklist unveiled. Hosp Health Netw 2012 Jul; 86(7):17. [Discusses AHRQ's Surveys on Patient Safety Culture and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) surveys and quotes remarks by AHRQ director Carolyn Clancy on article by Fenton et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012), which uses 2007 MEPS HC data and 5 items from the CAHPS survey.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Chubak J, Anderson ML, Saunders KW, et al. Predictors of 1-year change in patient activation in older adults with diabetes mellitus and heart disease. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1316-21. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Skolask et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011) and Starfield et al. (Health Serv Res, 1991).] Select to access the abstract.

DeLiema M, Gassoumis ZD, Homeier DC, et al. Determining prevalence and correlates of elder abuse using promotores: low-income immigrant Latinos report high rates of abuse and neglect. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1333-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Spector and Fleishman (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively) (J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Rosenberg T. Acute hospital use, nursing home placement, and mortality in a frail community-dwelling cohort managed with primary integrated interdisciplinary elder care at home. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1340-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Boult et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2011) and Barnato et al. (Health Serv Res, 2004).]

Tsai R, Noone M, Johnson B, et al. Potentially inappropriate medication use in individuals with mild cognitive impairment: results from the Kerala Einstein Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1369-70. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Sangl, Bierman, Miller, Friedman, Wickizer, and Meyer (authors are former and current AHRQ staff members) (JAMA, 2001), which uses 1996 MEPS data.]

Graf CE, Giannelli SV, Herrmann FR, et al. Can we improve the detection of old patients at higher risk for readmission after an emergency department visit? J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1372-3. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Meldon et al. (Acad Emerg Med, 2003).]

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Dubois RW. From methods to policy: actions speak louder than words.  J Comp Eff Res 2012 Jul; 1(4):307-8. [Mentions allocation of funds to AHRQ for comparative effectiveness research dissemination and AHRQ's "well-proven track record to develop consumer and provider evidence summaries" and recommends that AHRQ fund "methods research to accurately grade observational studies, develop tools to synthesize evidence across disparate study designs and demonstrate successful approaches to incorporate CER into electronic health records' decision support systems."]

Journal of Family Practice
Ricco J, Prasad S. PURLs: The shrinking case for saw palmetto. J Fam Pract 2012 Jul; 61(7):418-20. [Cites Guideline Summary "Guidelines on the Treatment of Non-Neurogenic Male LUTS," 2011, as published on AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Needham BR. The truth about patient experience: what we can learn from other industries, and how three Ps can improve health outcomes, strengthen brands, and delight customers. J Healthc Manage 2012 Jul-Aug; 57(4):255-63. [Cites AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation report, National Survey on Americans as Health Care Consumers: An Update on the Role of Quality Information, 2000; mentions the forthcoming linkage of Hospital CAHPS (HCAHPS) with Medicare reimbursement rates.]

New England Journal of Medicine
VanLare JM, Conway PH. Value-based purchasing—national programs to move from volume to value. N Engl J Med 2012 Jul 26; 367(4):292-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ryan and Doran (Med Care, 2012); second author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Rodriguez S, Rafelson W, Rajput V. Premier pay for performance and patient outcomes. N Engl J Med 2012 Jul 26; 367(4):381. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Jha AK, Joynt KE, Epstein AM. Premier pay for performance and patient outcomes. N Engl J Med 2012 Jul 26; 367(4):382-3. [Replies to comments by Rodriguez, Rafelson, and Rajput cited above in this section; cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles

 

Academic Pediatrics
Van Cleave J, Kuhlthau KA, Bloom S, et al. Interventions to improve screening and follow-up in primary care: a systematic review of the evidence. Acad Pediatr 2012 Jul; 12(4):269-82. [Includes in the systematic review search strategy "screening tests and corresponding specific conditions" selected on the basis of a review of USPSTF preventive care screening recommendations  in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2010-2011, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Holden et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010) on enhancing the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-2007-10056-I.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Health Education
Hui SA, Engelman K, Shireman TI, et al. Opportunities for cancer prevention using employee wellness programs: the case of Kansas state employee. Am J Health Educ 2012 Jul; 43(4):226-34. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2009.]

 

American Journal of Managed Care
Kempe KL, Shetterly SM, France EK, et al. Automated phone and mail population outreach to promote colorectal cancer screening. Am J Manag Care 2012 Jul; 18(7):370-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer and associated updated systematic review by Whitlock et al. and decision analysis by Zauber et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Holden et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010) on enhancing the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-I.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
Boswell KA, Cook CL, Burch SP, et al. Associating medication adherence with improved outcomes: a systematic literature review. Am J Pharm Benefits 2012 Jul-Aug; 4(4):e97-e108. [Uses USPSTF levels of evidence criteria to assess articles retrieved in literature search.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Howard DH. Declines in prostate cancer incidence after changes in screening recommendations. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print. Evaluates trends in prostate cancer incidence following release of 2008 UPSPSTF recommendations, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008 and 2002), and article by Prasad et al. (JAMA, 2012) on the 2008 USPSTF recommendations.]

Katz MH. Time to stop screening for prostate cancer. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Howard cited above in this section and mentions 2008 and 2011 USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
de Ferranti SD, Gillman MW. Hypertension in children and adolescents—more questions than answers. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print. Notes that second author has provided external reviews for the USPSTF.]

Ethnicity & Disease
Glenn BA, Chawla N, Bastani R. Barriers to genetic testing for breast cancer risk among ethnic minority women: an exploratory study. Ethn Dis 2012 Summer; 22(3):267-73. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

White K, Garces IC, Bandura L, et al. Design and evaluation of a theory-based, culturally relevant outreach model for breast and cervical cancer screening for Latina immigrants. Ethn Dis 2012 Summer; 22(3):274-80. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Internet Journal of Medical Update
Saini V, Yadav A, Arora S, et al. Association between different degrees of hypothyroidism and serum lipids. Internet J Med Update 2012 Jul; 7(2):3-8. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for subclinical thyroid dysfunction in nonpregnant adults by Helfand et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

JAMA
Keller MJ, Burk RD, Xie X, et al. Risk of cervical precancer and cancer among HIV-infected women with normal cervical cytology and no evidence of oncogenic HPV infection. JAMA 2012 Jul 25; 308(4):362-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on liquid-based cytology and human papillomavirus testing to screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2011). Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health & Biomedical Law
Callahan D. The new frontier: prognosis and end-of-life care. J Health Biomed Law 2012 Mar 22; 8(1):1-6. [Discusses USPSTF 2009 recommendations on breast cancer screening, citing article by Kolata (NY Times, 2009); mentions findings of "twenty-percent of health care costs incurred by only twenty-one percent of the population," citing AHRQ publication, The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures Over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2008-2009, MEPS Statistical Brief 354, 2011.]

Perspectives in Public Health
Anderson L, Slonim A, Benson W, et al. Vaccinations and preventive screening services for older adults: opportunities and challenges in the USA. Perspect Public Health 2012 Jul; 132(4):165-70. [Discusses USPSTF responsibilities and processes for evaluating preventive services and summarizes the grading system used, citing the USPSTF landing page of the AHRQ Web site and USPSTF Procedure Manual, 2008, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites  AHRQ/CDC/CMS/Administration on Aging-sponsored report, Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults—Closing the Gap, 2011; mentions the USPSTF's leadership role in the development of a set of measures on clinical preventive services for adults aged 50 years or over, citing AHRQ publication, Online Performance Appendix as published on the AHRQ Web site; mentions Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring coverage of services rated A or B by the USPSTF; discusses the National Prevention Strategy, citing AHRQ publication, Clinical Preventive Services for Normal-Risk Adults Recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Put Prevention into Practice, 2004.] Select to access the abstract. 

Lancet
Heath GW, Parra DC, Sarmiento OL, et al. Evidence-based intervention in physical activity: lessons from around the world. Lancet 2012 Jul 21; 380(9838):272-81. [Uses AHRQ's NGC to identify relevant systematic reviews; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update, Behavioral Counseling to Promote Physical Activity and a Healthful Diet to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: A Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2010, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on impacts of counseling by clinicians on physical activity by Eden et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and review by Patrick, Pratt, and Sallis (J Phys Act Health, 2009), which cited USPSTF evidence reviews as sources.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Chokshi DA, Farley TA. The cost-effectiveness of environmental approaches to disease prevention. N Engl J Med 2012 Jul 26; 367(4):295-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on the cost-effectiveness of preventive services considered effective by the USPSTF.]

Pain Physician
Koyyalagunta D, Bruera E, Solanki D, et al. A systematic review of randomized trials on the effectiveness of opioids for cancer pain. Pain Physician 2012 Jul; 15(3 Suppl):ES39-ES58. [Uses adapted USPSTF evidence-rating criteria, summarized in Table 2, Method for grading the overall strength of the evidence for an intervention, and described in USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001); cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Management of Cancer Pain, 1994.] Select to access the abstract.

Townsend Letter
Tamburri PD. Modern comprehensive assessment for prostate cancer risk: with focus upon color Doppler transrectal ultrasound of the prostate. Townsend Lett 2012 Jul; 348:63-5. [Cites USPSTF draft recommendation statement, Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2011. Also refer to articles by Krist et al. and Yawn et al. (both in Ann Fam Med, 2012) and by Mueller et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and article by Redmond, Vanderpool, and McClung (Am J Health Educ, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Health Education
Redmond J, Vanderpool R, McClung R. Effectively communicating colorectal cancer screening information to primary care providers: application for state, tribe or territory comprehensive cancer control coalitions. Am J Health Educ 2012 Jul; 43(4):194-201. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enhancing Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010; mentions that the USPSTF was named as a trusted source of information on colorectal cancer prevention and screening by focus groups. ]

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Cassiello CF, Jovieno N, Papakostas GI, et al. Folates and S-Adenosylmethionine for major depressive disorder. Can J Psychiatry 2012 Jul; 57(7):406-13. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, S-adenosyl-L-methionine for Treatment of Depression, Osteoarthritis, and Liver Disease, 2002.]

Drug Topics
Buckley TE. Cultural competency: how to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. Drug Topics 2012 Jul; 156(7):24-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Beach et al. (Med Care, 2005) on the cultural competence of health care provider educational interventions, and Price et al. (Acad Med, 2005) on the methodological rigor of studies evaluating cultural competence training of health professionals, both prepared by the Johns Hopkins EPC under contract 290-02-0018; mentions AHRQ's recommended strategies for improvement of pharmacists' communication with patients, citing AHRQ publications, Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty, 2011, and Strategies to Improve Communication Between Pharmacy Staff and Patients: Training Program for Pharmacy Staff, 2007, both published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Brach and Fraser (researcher and director, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Qual Manag Health Care, 2002, and Med Care Res Rev, 2000); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Nápoles-Springer et al. (Health Expect, 2005), Ngo-Metzger et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2003), Schulman et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999), and Levinson et al. (JAMA, 1997). Also refer to articles by Van Cleave et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2012) and Kempe et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Gazmararian J, Carreon R, Olson N, et al. Exploring health plan perspectives in collecting and using data on race, ethnicity, and language. Am J Manag Care 2012 Jul 1; 18(7):e254-e261. [Cites AHRQ's 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Rozycki GS. Presidential address: staying the course. Am Surg 2012 Jun; 78(6):627-34. [Gives AHRQ's definition of "underserved or vulnerable patient," citing AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Ethnicity & Disease
Ye J, Shim R, Garrett SL, et al. Health-related quality of life in elderly black and white patients with cancer: results from Medicare managed care population. Ethn Dis 2012 Summer; 22(3):302-7. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010. Also refer to article by Jena et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
Zabinski RA, Skinner EP, Buysman EK, et al. Addressing Gaps in Care: Impact of barrier-specific medication adherence intervention. Am J Pharm Benefits 2012 Jul/Aug; 4(4):e109-e117. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM and Comorbidity Software, Version 3.2, 2007, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

American Surgeon
Vaid S, Tucker J, Bell T, et al. Cost analysis of laparoscopic versus open colectomy in patients with colon cancer: results from a large nationwide population database. Am Surg 2012 Jun; 78(6):635-41. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Englert ZP, White MA, Fitzgerald TL, et al. Surgical management of malignant bowel obstruction: at what price palliation? Am Surg 2012 Jun; 78(6):647-52. [Uses AHRQ's Quality Indicators to determine the complication rate of in-hospital postoperative complications, citing AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Behrns KE, Ang D, Liu H, et al. Faculty clinical quality goals drive improvement in University HealthSystem Consortium outcome measures. Am Surg 2012 Jul; 78(7):749-54. [Uses AHRQ-derived patient safety indicators and hospital-acquired conditions as listed in Table 1, Pertinent AHRQ-derived Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) and CMS-derived Hospital-acquired Conditions;  represents length of stay (LOS) by an institutional LOS index derived from a combined AHRQ/University HealthSystem Consortium model; cites AHRQ-authored article by Romano, Geppert, Davies, Miller, Elixhauser (fourth and fifth authors are former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (Health Aff, 2003) and article by Kaafarani et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Oyetunji TA, Franklin AL, Ortega G, et al. Revisiting childhood obesity: persistent underutilization of surgical intervention? Am Surg 2012 Jul; 78(7):788-93. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS and 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 1998-2007, and Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2000-2006, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Simpson (former AHRQ deputy director) and Cooper (Pediatrics, 2009).] Select to access the abstract. 

Archives of Internal Medicine
Chen LM, Render M, Sales A, et al. Intensive care unit admitting patterns in the Veterans Affairs health care system. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); see comments by Seymour and Kahn (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Aboul-Fotouh AM, Ismail NA, Ez Elarab HS, et al. Assessment of patient safety culture among health-care providers at a teaching hospital in Cairo, Egypt. East Mediterr Health J 2012 Apr; 18(4):372-77. [Uses an Arabic version of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Paul S, Sedrakyan A, Chiu YL, et al. Outcomes after lobectomy using thoracoscopy vs. thoracotomy: a comparative effectiveness analysis utilizing the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2012 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print. Second author is former AHRQ researcher; uses 2007-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and NIS comorbidity software (Elixhauser, Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Ong MK, Xu H, Zhang L, et al. Effect of Medicare Part D benzodiazepine exclusion on psychotropic use in benzodiazepine users. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jul; 60(7):1292-7. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Comorbidity Software, Version 3.2, citing Comorbidity Software, Version 3.2, 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Medical Economics
Chiong JR, Kim S, Lin J, et al. Evaluation of costs associated with tolvaptan-mediated length-of-stay reduction among heart failure patients with hyponatremia in the US, based on the EVEREST trial. J Med Econ 2012 Apr; 15(2):276-84. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data generated on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Survey, 2007-2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Research
Schneider EB, Hirani SA, Hambridge HL, et al. Beating the weekend trend: increased mortality in older adult traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients admitted on weekends. J Surg Res 2012 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Pratt M, Sarmiento OL, Montes F, et al. The implications of megatrends in information and communication technology and transportation for changes in global physical activity. Lancet 2012 Jul 21; 380(9838):282-93. [Uses AHRQ's NGC to identify relevant systematic reviews.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Burns ME, Leininger LJ. Understanding the gap in primary care access and use between teens and younger children. Med Care Res Rev 2012 Jul 26. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2003-2008 MEPS HC data and MEPS Usual Source of Care survey module, citing MEPS HC-113: 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2009, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Pediatrics, 2006) and AHRQ-funded articles by DeVoe et al. (Med Care, 2008, and Ann Fam Med, 2007) and others. Also refer to articles by Dolor et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2012), Clift and Kirby (J Homosex, 2012), and Holmes et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Heath et al. (Lancet, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of July 2012
Internet Citation: Patient Safety-focused Medication Therapy Management: Challenges Affecting Future Implementation: Articles of Interest, July 27, 2012. July 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/72712.html